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wildlife trafficking-Sep 28, 2016
Airports Council International expressed the commitment of airports to join the effort to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products - Sep 28, 2016

Member tools to combat wildlife trafficking

What is wildlife trafficking?

 

Wildlife trafficking is the illegal trade of protected specimens of wild animals and plants, either threatened with extinction or not threatened, but controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) defines the protected specimens submitting their international trade to certain controls.

This illegal wildlife trade is diverse, including live animals, plants, and several different wildlife products derived from them (food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines). Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered. However, the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important, in order to safeguard them for the future.

 
 
 

Raising awareness


 

wildlife trafficking has been using aviation global network to perform its illegal activities, causing serious environmental damage and similar effects as other international crimes, including promoting instability, financing organized crime and adversely affecting communities that live from wildlife tourism. In spite of the international (and national) legal frameworks, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES),  illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative global crime valued up to US$20 billion a year.

The aviation community must be united to address this problem. Current global efforts to raise awareness and combine efforts include the first UN General Assembly Resolution on the subject, the “Reducing opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) partnership, and the United for Wildlife Task Force Declaration, signed at the Buckingham Palace in 2016 by 40 parties, including ACI. ACI is committed to developing a framework to fight wildlife trafficking and adopting and encouraging the adoption of a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade.

Airports Council International expressed the commitment of airports to join the effort to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products - Sep 28, 2016

Airports Council International expressed the commitment of airports to join the effort to stop the transportation of illegal wildlife products

 

Montréal, 28 September 2016– Resolution 3 was approved yesterday at the 26th Meeting of the ACI World General Assembly expressing Airport Council International’s (ACI) support of the “United for Wildlife Transport Task Force” campaign. The Resolution follows ACI’s signing of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration on 15 March 2016, committing to supporting the fight against, and the shutting down of the illegal wildlife trade.

In spite of the international and national legal frameworks, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most lucrative global crime valued at up to US$20 billion a year. While the responsibility to apprehend and prosecute offenders rests with national enforcement authorities, airports and their staff can contribute to address the problem. Wildlife trafficking has been using the aviation global network to perform its illegal activities, causing serious environmental damage and similar effects as other international crimes, including promoting instability, financing organized crime and adversely affecting communities that live from wildlife tourism.

“ACI’s social responsibility goes beyond the impact of aviation on the environment,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “We are also engaged with the aviation industry against the use of its global connectivity to support the much under reported crime of wildlife trafficking. The Resolution’s approval confirms the ACI membership’s commitment to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration signed earlier this year. ACI is dedicated to developing a practical framework towards this goal, including cooperation with international initiatives such as the Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) partnership.”

In addition to supporting the Declaration and encouraging its adoption by member airports, the Resolution expresses ACI’s intention to: Promote the adoption of a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade by airports; promote the awareness of airport passenger, customer, client, and staff about the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade; promote the enhancement of data systems at airports worldwide including due diligence and risk assessment; and, promote the training of staff within the airport sector to enable them to detect, identify and report suspected illegal wildlife trade, among other initiatives.

 

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